Cherry Hill Municipal Building
Welcome to the latest installment of the Mayor's Weekly Briefing, which contains a recap of Township news, special events and community activities. I hope you'll join us at these events, sign up to receive e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

Township News

CHPD to target distracted drivers throughout the month of April

The Cherry Hill Police Department is warning motorists about the dangers of distracted driving throughout the month of April, as part of the statewide "UDrive, UText, UPay" campaign. 
The purpose of the campaign is to change driver behavior and raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving - particularly while talking on a cell phone or sending text messages - through visible, targeted enforcement and outreach during April's National Distracted Driving Month. To learn more about our efforts locally, click here for a recent segment by Fox 29's Jenni Joyce, as she rode along with our officers during recent enforcement effort. Please drive safely! 

Greek Independence Day Picture
Mayor Cahn celebrated Greek Independence Day on Thursday, March 31, at Town Hall.

Mayor Cahn joins celebration
of Greek Independence Day

Yesterday, I joined St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate Greek Independence Day at Town Hall. Joined by Father Alexander, members of the Parish Council, and students from the Hellenic School, I presented the school with a special proclamation honoring the holiday, followed by a ceremonial raising of the Greek flag outside of the Municipal Building. Greece officially celebrated its 195th Independence Day on Friday, March 25. Thank you to the St. Thomas community for once again including the Township in this wonderful celebration!  

Spring Recreation Registration
Don't miss out on all of the classes and programs offered through Recreation.  Register today!

Recreation classes are starting soon, but it's not too late to register

Registration is still open for Spring 2016 classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department. I am pleased to invite all our residents to explore a new tool we recently launched that will make it easier to enroll in upcoming classes and programs, to buy event tickets, and to stay in tune with all the great things that are happening here in Cherry Hill. This new online portal, called Community Pass, is very user friendly, and makes it easier for our Township staff and class instructors to communicate with residents who have signed up to participate in our programs. And, for the first time ever, you can purchase tickets to upcoming events - movies, live performances, senior luncheons, and so much more - online, making it more convenient for you to buy tickets and experience the wonderful cultural programs and live entertainment our community has to offer. Visit the CommunityPass website today to explore our Spring 2016 program and class offerings, and for a full list of upcoming events. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com

See something.  Say something.

Cherry Hill Police remind residents:
If you see something, say something

Informed, alert residents play a critical role in keeping our neighborhoods safe.  Members of the public have long been one of law enforcement's best sources of information on what is out of place and suspicious in the communities in which they reside and work. Residents know their communities best and are often the first to notice when something is out of the ordinary such as unfamiliar people or vehicles loitering in the neighborhood, or activity at a vacant home or a closed business.
Cherry Hill Police remind the public: If you "see something, say something" by calling 9-1-1 or our non-emergency dispatch number at (856) 665-1200. Anonymous tips can also be sent to tips@cherryhillpolice.com. You may be the source of information police need to solve a crime or intercept criminal activity. Together we can work together to keep our communities safe. 

Road work to continue on Massachusetts Ave.

The Township's Department of Engineering will continue road maintenance work on Massachusetts Avenue from McGill Avenue to Route 70 next week. The work, scheduled as part of the Township's 2015 Road Maintenance Program, will include road resurfacing, as well as isolated sidewalk and curb replacement where necessary. School bus schedules and trash pick-up will not be affected by this work; however, our contractor will notify residents in the event parking is limited by construction. All work is weather-permitting; residents with questions or concerns can contact the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203. My administration and Town Council continue to prudently invest in our town's infrastructure, and are continually working to ensure that our roads are smooth and safe for travel. Click here to learn more about our Road Maintenance Program. 

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The Department of Public Works has dedicated personnel to address problem areas on local roadways.

Report potholes to Public Works 
24/7 through the Township website

Winter can wreak havoc on road surfaces, and we inevitably see a spike in potholes popping up across town, particularly after periods of extreme cold or snow. The Department of Public Works is responsible for the repair and maintenance of nearly 260 miles of municipal roads, and has dedicated crews assigned to the task of filling these potholes as quickly as possible. You can report an area of concern online by clicking here, or by calling Public Works directly, Monday through Friday, at (856) 424-4422. Click here for a list of roads that are maintained by Camden County or the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Drive safely!

Cherry Hill Police Department warns of IRS phone scam 

The Cherry Hill Police Department and the IRS want residents to be aware of a phone scam targeting residents throughout the region. A caller pretending to be from the IRS demands payment for money allegedly owed, and will try to trick the victim into sharing personal information. In response, the IRS has issued several tell-tale signs of a scam. The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, or call about taxes owed without sending a bill; they will never demand payment without giving you a chance to appeal the amount owed; they will never require you to use a specific payment method; they will never ask for account or card information by phone; an they will never threaten to bring in law enforcement to have you arrested for nonpayment. Remember, too, that the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box. Click here to learn more about this scam, and what you should do if contacted. 

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Cherry Hill celebrates National Take a Walk in the Park Day throughout town

On Wednesday, Cherry Hill residents celebrated National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Throughout town, Cherry Hill offers close to 60 different parks and facilities for you to explore and walk through. Taking a walk at a local park is a great way to clear one’s mind from the stresses of the day, re-energize yourself and at the same time, help to improve your health.  Make sure you take a camera with you during your walk as parks offer many opportunities to photograph nature. There is the possibility of capturing some great pictures of birds or other wildlife, flowers, budding trees, clouds or the sunset.  Thank you to all who participated, and I encourage the entire community to get active and enjoy the physical and mental benefits that come from walking in nature! Click here to learn more about our Recreational facilities and trails.  

Barclay Farmstead Photo
Stop by historic Barclay Farmstead on Sunday for free tours and special events continuing our Barclay 200 anniversary celebration!

Upcoming Events

Barclay Farmstead opens for tours from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday 

Historic Barclay Farmstead will open its doors from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, April 3. Enjoy guided tours, crafts, demonstrations and more, guided by the Friends of Barclay. This month's open house is made even more special because it is part of our Barclay 200 celebration: Celebrating the Farmstead's Youngest Residents - the children of Barclay!  This is YOUR chance to experience our award winning school tour program and learn about the daily lives of the Farmstead's youngest residents with an interactive, hands-on tour.  All visitors should be sure to get their PastPort stamped, pick up a commemorative postcard, and register for our door prize donated by The Big Event! The Museum Shop will be open and accessible to the public to purchase special gifts. Click here for a full rundown of our April Open House activities. All ages welcome.  Open houses are FREE for Cherry Hill residents, members of the Friends of Barclay, and children under 12. Admission is $5 for nonresident adults; $3 for nonresident seniors and students 13 and up. Can't make it this weekend? The farmhouse will be open for public tours the first Sunday of every month through November. Click here to learn all about Barclay, and for updated information about Barclay200 as we move through 2016. For more information, call (856) 795-6225, or e-mail info@barclayfarmstead.org. Be sure to follow @HistoricBarclay on Twitter and Barclay Farmstead Museum onFacebook for information on upcoming events and activities throughout the year.  

Junior Police Academy Photo
Last year, 30 boys and girls from Cherry Hill completed the department's inaugural Junior Police Academy.

CHPD to again offer Junior Police Academy for children ages 11-14

After a tremendously successful inaugural year, the Cherry Hill Police Department is excited to announce the 2016 Junior Police Academy for children ages 11-14, which will be held this year from Aug. 1-5. Participants will explore firsthand various aspects of law enforcement, with a curriculum developed by the Department that will emphasize the importance of qualities such as physical fitness, staying drug free, teamwork and respect. Activities throughout the week will include lessons in drill and ceremony, physical training, school safety and bullying, drug awareness, traffic safety, an introduction to special units, crime scene processing & fingerprinting, and first aid. Participants will also tour the Juvenile Detention Center and Cherry Hill Fire Department Central Command. The week will conclude with a formal graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon. The program is limited to 40 registrants; to accommodate as many new children as possible, returning cadets will be allowed to register after June 1. Click here to register; click here to watch a video from last year's program.

Celebrate creativity and local talent at Artists and Authors

The Cherry Hill African American Civic Association, in partnership with Cherry Hill Library and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. South Jersey Alumnae Chapter, invite you to join them for  Artists and Authors, from 2 - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the Cherry Hill Library Conference Center.  Stop by to meet artists and authors from the area, view their work and be inspired! This event is free and open to the public.  Books and art work may be available for purchase. For more information, contact Emma Waring at ewaring33@verizon.net or Cathy Jenkins at csaxjenks@gmail.com.

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Tickets now on sale for Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars: Sunday, May 1

Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars, at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the New Auditorium at Cherry Hill High School West. This signature fundraising event of the Cherry Hill Education Foundation has sold out for the past eight years, so click here to buy your tickets today. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students and senior citizens over age 55). All seats are reserved. You can also vote online now for your favorite dancing couple, or vote during intermission at the event. All proceeds from Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars are used to fund grant initiatives in the Cherry Hill Public Schools. Visit www.CherryHillEducationFoundation.com or e-mail for more information.
Phillie Phanatic at Earth Fest
Don't miss the Phillie Phanatic at Earth Fest.  He will be on the Festival grounds between noon - 1 p.m.

Earth Fest - Six don't miss ways to celebrate at this years Earth Festival

Plans for the 7th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival are moving along, with less than a month to go! As you make plans to visit this year’s Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, be sure to participate in the following activities.  

  • Start the day with the Family Fun Bike Ride at 8 a.m. Click here to register, and for more information. After the ride, park and lock your bike in our NEW valet area across from the Croft Farm House.

  • Dance, sing and clap the day away with two stages of entertainment.  For a list of entertainers, click here.  
  • Let the kids bounce and jump away on a moon bounce courtesy of My Gym.
  • Enjoy all the healthy food choices available for purchase.
  • Create sustainable arts and crafts.
  • Bring a plant to swap and take home with the Gardening Task Force.  For more information, click here.
  • Visit our favorite 'green' friend, the Phillie Phanatic, between noon - 1 p.m..
Don’t forget to bring your spring cleaning to drop off at the festival on Saturday, April 30. The Township's Department of Public Works is coordinating this year's recycling effort, offering drop-offs for the following items at the festival site on Borton's Mill Road. For a list of acceptable items, click here. We're less than one month away from South Jersey's largest eco-event!  For more information, contact festival producer Brenda Jorett at EarthFest@sustainablecherryhill.org Stay up-to-date on Festival news on Twitter.

Register now for CHFD Lifeguard Refresher Program

The Cherry Hill Fire Department presents the 17th annual Cherry Hill In-Service Refresher Program for Lifeguards, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 22. For more information and to register, please visit the Cherry Hill Fire Department online.

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Cherry Hill Public Library
Thursday, May 12, 7 - 9 p.m.
Event is FREE

Become a top-notch Label Detective,
thanks to Sustainable Cherry Hill

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill's Green Health Task Force for this fun and collaborative session designed to help you become a top-notch Label Detective!  Label Detectives III will give helpful tips for finding what you really want in (or out of) the products you buy.  This educational event will cover food, personal, baby care, and household cleaning products.  Grab your friends and bring as many items as you can with labels you'd like to more fully investigate and head to the Cherry Hill Public Library 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12.  This event is FREE. Visit www.SustainableCherryHill.org to register. To contact Sustainable Cherry Hill's Green Health Task Force, e-mail greenhealth@sustainablecherryhill.org

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Library News and Events

Friends of the Library Book Sale
returns from April 13 to 15 

Spring is here and hopefully you are thinking about what to read on the beach or just relax in the great outdoors. As it does every year, the Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library will hold its Spring Book Sale from Thursday, April 13, through Saturday, April 15. The Book Sale will begin with a special presale for Friends members only, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. New Friends members are welcome to join the Library that evening. The sale, which is open to the public, will continue on Thursday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, April 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, pick up a bag of books for just $5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be offered and sorted into categories. Prices are $2 for hardback books, CDs and DVDs, and $1 for paperback books. Children’s books cost even less. All proceeds benefit the Library.For more information, call (856) 667-0300, e-mail cherryhillfriends@gmail.com, or go to www.chplnj.org.

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Free, family-friendly fun at the Library

Please join us for these and many other free special events this week at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Hwy.
  • Kamishibai Story Hour
    3:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday, April 2
    Join us for traditional Japanese storytelling in honor of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia. Learn about Kamishibai (paper theater) and we’ll create a themed craft. For grades 1-5. Click here to register.
  • Got Photos? Get Organized!
    7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 5
    If you are overwhelmed by boxes of unorganized photos,  old home movies, slides, and VHS tapes don’t miss this free workshop presented by two members of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. You will learn easy ways to get started and where to go for help when you’re stuck so you can preserve and enjoy your precious memories. Click here to register.
  • Introduction to Branding
    7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6
    Learn how to assess, improve and shape your company’s brand in order to attract and keep customers. This class is ideal for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Click here to register. 
  • Plah-Doh Play Date
    11 a.m.-noon Friday, April 8
    Calling all little sculptors! Join us for a morning of creation featuring Play-Doh. We’ll provide the dough, the kids supply the imagination! Open to all ages! No registration.

The Cherry Hill Public Library hosts hundreds of events and activities all year long. Visit www.chplnj.org for the full calendar of events, and to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Follow the Library on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest events, news and happenings! Join the conversation with #chplnj. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org.

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Senior Living

Free tax-prep help available from AARP every Tuesday, Friday through April 15

Cherry Hill Township and the AARP have once again partnered to offer seniors free tax-preparation assistance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday, from Feb. 2 through April 15. Tax-Aide volunteers will help residents over 55 prepare their 2015 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms. No appointments are necessary. All tax-prep sessions will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall. Electronic filing and direct deposit are available to help expedite returns. For more information, (888) AARP-NOW or visit www.AARP.org/taxaide. To learn more about this and other services and programs for residents 55 and older in our community, contact the Township's Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or gpino@chtownship.com

Camden County Surrogate offers services for seniors

There are many services offered by Cherry Hill for our Senior residents (over 55 years old). There are also many offerings from Camden County. The Surrogate’s Office provides information on Power of Attorney, Wills, Living Wills, and provides Legal Workshops for residents over 60 at no cost. You can get information on the programs by calling the Camden County Surrogate at (856) 225-7282. It is important to me that our senior residents are aware of all the activities, services and resources available to them, which why our Recreation Department includes a Senior Services Coordinator, Gaye Pino. Gaye can help residents navigate issues or concerns among a variety of areas and Township departments. She is also available to give presentations about Township senior services. Please contact her with questions, concerns or to make suggestions for additional programs: gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800. 

School News

Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. Click here for the latest edition.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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